Geneva Watch Days 2023: Arnold & Son adds three new timepieces to its arsenal

One is an all-new women’s complication and two of them are reviving the brand’s most personal collection DSTB 42, which showcases its true-second mechanism.
First released at Baselworld 2014, the Dial Side True Beat (DSTB) collection by Arnold & Son is known for displaying its deadbeat mechanism on the dial. It first appeared in 44mm and featured a 7.40mm thick calibre boasting 45 hours of power reserve. Today, continuing the line, the brand unveiled two new timepieces — DSTB 42 Platinum (Ref. 1ATCX.P01A.C200X) & DSTB 42 Red Gold ( Ref. 1ATCR.U01A.C200A), with the case size dropped to 42mm, and an updated movement. Besides these iterations, there is also an all-new Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight model (Ref. 1GLM.WZ03A.C247A), which is a new women’s complication. 

DSTB 42 Platinum & DSTB 42 Red Gold
The true-beat seconds, also known as deadbeat seconds function, was characteristic of the instruments that founder John Arnold supplied to the Royal Navy. Reminiscing its connection to the marine chronometres, the brand has released two new limited edition models - the DSTB 42 Red Gold, crafted with 5N gold case and featuring a sunray-brushed blue PVD-treated dial, and the DSTB 42 Platinum, crafted with platinum and featuring a sunray-brushed and rose-gold PVD treated salmon dial. 

Both the timepieces have an exhibition true-beat seconds display on the dial. Unlike most mechanical watches, where the seconds hand displays a smooth motion thanks to several vibrations per second of the balance wheel, in a deadbeat or true-beat seconds watch, the second hand moves only once a second, much like a quartz watch. Ironically, a mechanical movement such as this requires a higher level of complexity, and this is what the new DSTB 42 timepieces showcase. 

The majority of the space on the dial is dedicated to the showcasing of the true-beat seconds mechanism. There are three openworked bridges, in either white gold for the platinum version or red gold for the red gold version - upon one rests the blued, large seconds hand. There are also circular satin-finished wheels, a minute tracker in white or blue colour depending on the model, and an anchor-shaped counterpoise, which moves as the underlying calibre does its work, controlling the seconds hand. Off-centred rests a white opal dial with Roman hour markers and arrow shaped hands. Powering the watches is an in-house automatic Calibre A&S6203, oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasting 55 hours of power reserve. 

 Limited to only 88 (red gold version) and 38 (platinum version), these timepieces are finished with hand-stitched blue alligator leather. The watches are water resistant to 30 metres. 

Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight

The other creation that is released along with these two models is —Perpetual Moon 38 Mintnight (Ref. 1GLM.WZ03A.C247A), a women’s complication timepiece limited to 18 models only. Presenting a view of the moon from earth, it is crafted with 18K white gold, and features a bezel, four lugs, and crown set with 80 brilliant-cut diamonds. 

The dial incorporates ‘Mintnight’, the night in shades of mint green, turquoise, teal and sky blue. Furthermore, the foreground of the dial features ruthenium crystals and a sky made with mother-of-pearl marquetry, tinted in graduated shades of green and blue, a hand-painted Big Dipper and Cassiopeia constellations, and five marquise-cut diamonds as hour markers. 

The timepiece is driven by a smallest in the collection, the manual-winding Calibre A&S1612, measuring 29.4mm, beating at 21,600 VPH and offering a 90 hour power-reserve. The hand-stitched teal-blue satin-feel alligator leather with raspberry-pink alligator-leather lining and 18K white gold pink buckle, set with 22 brilliant-cut diamonds, flanks the watch. 

Images Courtesy: Arnold & Son

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